Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having the requisite qualities for
    the work isn't up to the standard I require
  2. (adj, all) (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability
    capable of hard work
    capable of walking on two feet
  3. (adj, all) (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for
  4. (adj, all) have the skills and qualifications to do things well
    a capable administrator
    children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable
  5. (adj, all) possibly accepting or permitting
    open to interpretation
    an issue open to question
    the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation

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Synonyms of Capable

able, adequate to, equal to, open, subject, up to

Antonyms of Capable


Alternate forms of Capable

Derivations: capability, capableness

Origin of the word Capable

  1. 1561, from L.L. capabilis "receptive," used by theologians, from L. capax "able to hold much," adj. form of capere "to take, grasp, lay hold, catch, undertake, be large enough for, comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Skt. kapati "two handfuls," Gk. kaptein "to swallow, gulp down," Lett. kampiu "seize," O.Ir. cachtmore

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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